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Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, an ordinary woman on a path of self-destruction after her family is tragically killed in a plane crash. When Stephanie discovers that the crash was not an accident, she enters a dark, complex world to seek revenge on those responsible and find her own redemption. Based on the novel by Mark Burnell, from director Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and the producers of the James Bond film series, The Rhythm Section also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown.

Also Known As: Ritmusszekció, Rhythm Section, Rythm section, La section rythmique, The Rhythm Section, Rhythm section, El ritmo de la venganza, Ритм-секція, Ritam sekcija, Ритъм секция

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  • ovchinnikov-igor-gerasimovich
    ovchinnikov igor gerasimovich

    This movie is very much like American Assassin (Which I thought was great). Ordinary every day person with a loving family living the dream is shattered by terrorist attack. The surviving victim of the terrorist attack is like a caterpillar going into a cocoon and emerging as a lethal weapon, avenging the brutal deaths of their lost loved ones. Both characters in each movie had their CIA/MI6 Trainers and Handlers guiding them through their tirade. Both movies concluded with a perception of a promising sequel(s).Some how American Assassin was able to accomplish the exact same thing while at a comfortable pace. Rhythm Section felt slow at long stretches during the same points of the plot as American Assassin. That’s my personal negative opinion on this movie.I have zero issues with women playing these characters. I enjoy leading women playing in these movies. Blake Lively is and was amazing in this movie. As long as they’re not agenda driven based on political theology and clearly pushing the fake gender war or purposely changing history or changing the long standing originality of a fairy tail with the sole purpose of inserting a different gender which has zero to do with the story. As long as the acting is great, plot is good, keep pumping out these strong women playing strong characters.With that said the timing of the release of this movie during Super Bowl weekend probably crushed any chance of sequels. Friday night and the theater was empty. Unfortunately, it won’t make enough money to justify it.

  • kliment-deisun
    kliment deisun

    . . . torsos, THE RHYTHM SECTION drums into the minds of its female viewers. “Stephanie” is the featured hitwoman here, but one could argue that her kill count rises to only one by the time the final gong marches her off THE RHYTHM SECTION’s center stage. Though Stephanie winds up with enough “expense money” to obtain as many sniper rifles, military assault-style long guns, untraceable “ghost guns,” one-use plastic 3D printer firearms and futuristic shoot-around-corners heat, she insists upon slumming around bearing the sort of knives, bombs and lethal injectors with which no self-respecting hit person would be caught dead. (Ordinary Americans should not have to depend upon stumbling across random hypodermic needs full of deadly snake venom to get them out of tough jams!) Whether it’s a too-long car chase or the trauma of causing “collateral damage” (when her New York City john’s two young kids are blown up with him by the “Plan B” car bomb after Stephanie gets cold feet about slitting his throat while the couple’s in the buff), THE RHYTHM SECTION taps out a steady S.O.S. plea for more gats. Though Stephanie never seems to learn the slogan “Have gun, will travel,” that will become the main lesson mastered by visitors to THE RHYTHM SECTION. So see this flick, and then generously support your local chapter of BANGS (Broke Americans Need Gun Stamps)!

  • henry-martinez
    henry martinez

    Stephanie is a protagonist you can believe. She’s no super spy, aided at every turn by conveniences. She’s real. She’s raw. She struggles because she’s pissed and has nothing left to lose. She’s weak, but she grows. Yet, unlike the majority of its compatriots, Rhythm Section doesn’t turn her into an overnight badass. She’s messy and wildly imperfect.The movie is no masterpiece, but it was well shot, scored, and acted. The visual and auditory language of the film is well communicated. More artful than most high-action offerings of a similar ilk, but I see that as a strength more than a flaw.In summary, I bought it. Every plot beat was believable and every plot progression was earned. A solid offering.

  • baghram-at-abekyan
    baghram at abekyan

    Another violent female movie. Why are these made in such numbers these days? Female director too… but why? Just because executives at studios are too afraid to say no to girls now? Is it that bad? We walked out of this after 20min and sneaked into something else. If I could give this a -10 I would. STOP MAKING 100lb girl beats up a man movies please. Thanks idiots.

  • blanca-jose-carlos-pichardo-rosario
    blanca jose carlos pichardo rosario

    The Rhythm Section (2.5 out of 5 stars).The Rhythm Section is an action drama that is more of a dud for a revenge type thriller that is suppose to start a series. Based on the trilogy of novels. About Stephanie (Blake Lively) who loses her family in a terrorist attack. Who goes out for revenge. Well this film fails to be worth watching with its uninspired story, boring characters, and a dull direction. Blake Lively is great playing a raw and torn up character. If you are looking for an awesome female action film I will suggest Atomic Blonde, Anna, or even Jennifer Garner’s revenge flick Peppermint was even better than this.The plot lacks development and plot. The film begins with Stephanie, wasting away her life addicted to drugs and being a prostitute. A journalist discovers her and helps her with information about the terrorist attack that took away many lives including her family. She finds Iain (Jude Law) who trained her to be a skilled fighter and survivalist. Which then, he sends her on contracts to kill the terrorists that are responsible for the bombing.The plot is a bit boring for a revenge action thriller. Iain is sending Stephanie on assassin contracts. Trying to find the leader that was responsible. There is nothing worth mentioning about the story. It was lacking the emotional development building to even care about these characters.The direction is boring. The action was nothing worth talking about for those few scenes. It is kind of like an origin story with Stephanie being introduced to assassinating. She was vulnerable. She has difficulties in killing a bad guy. She does make some simple mistakes that would cost innocent peoples lives. Cause her emotions got in the way and distracted her.Blake Lively is good playing Stephanie. A raw and emotionally torn down girl. Jude Law was okay playing Iain, a former CIA who is obsessed in finding these terrorists as well. Sterling K. Brown playing a former CIA informant was just flat out one dimensional. And terrible.The fight scenes are forgettable. The brief car chase scene is boring. It had that one long take of a car chase but nothing worth mentioning.Overall, The Rhythm Section fails to launch an action series with Blake Lively. The story is boring. The direction failed with its boring action and forgettable characters.

  • tapio-hakkarainen
    tapio hakkarainen

    You knew the ending probably when you saw the trailer but definitely halfway through the film. All the while wondering how you got there. I like the idea of making Livley’s character a reluctant assassin. She played the heartbreak and the torment very well. I feel the film just cut out too much of the story in favor of longer action sequences. (I understand this is why you go see a film like this) The switch from reluctant assassin to remorseless killer happens off screen??? Why??? We watched her bumble and stumble for two hours so that she could finally put it all together in a 3 minute seen at the end. I am lame and watch movies for the “Triumphant payoff”, at the end I didn’t really feel that with Lively’s character. The story telling wasted an incredible acting job by Lively. She put her soul into this film only for the actual film to have none.

  • emma-rasanen
    emma rasanen

    This is one of those movies where the rating seems way off? Maybe its low because it’s not a Marvel or Stan Lee production? I really enjoyed it. A revenge/spy flick that is more believable than the average. Kind of harkens back to the original Jason Borne movie. Not the typical action flick with all the slow motions shots and ridiculous feats, she does not have an easy time, she’s inexperienced, and she gets hurt. Supporting cast was good and the locations beautiful and interesting. All in all a fun movie.

  • semra-gumprich
    semra gumprich

    If you want a good nap, go and see this movie. It was unbelievably boring. I can’t believe I wasted my money seeing this movie. Not even Jude Law could save it. The plot was so choppy and the scenery was nothing to write home about. Don’t waste your money on this one.

  • abols-armands
    abols armands

    Sorry this film was just so slow and boring and the music was even worse

  • agne-gintalas
    agne gintalas

    Could not make it to the end. Lively is not box office material because she’s a so-so actress. Nothing great since Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants which was very endearing. A Simple Favor and The Shallows were great stories executed well, but people did not go to those movies to see Blake.She was probably the only name actress desperate enough for such a part, willing to score another one for affirmative action, diversity, and victim-hood. But she drew the short straw with this debacle. Most do not see heroin and other dalliances as inevitable choices after personal tragedy.I am biased. “Atomic Blond” is the gold standard now. It is the great spy/revenge film where a stunning Charlize Theron did her own stunts. She had long, unedited fight scenes. Plus, the story was brilliant and the ending superb. This one shows up the clunker actress as wrong for the part and not willing to go the distance in preparation. She does not have the physicality, presence, or skills necessary so it is over-edited. They were going for Jason Bourne but all they got was “Peppermint.”

  • liudmila-priimak
    liudmila priimak

    Incredible cinematography with really cool camera shots and intense music makes for such a fun time! Not sure why the ratings are kinda low but The Rhythm Selection deserves better. I love how Stephanie (Blake Lively) starts off weak and empowers such a grace of badassary.

  • briedis-marija
    briedis marija

    The story of Stephanie and her desire for closure around the death of her family is well told. Blake Lively does a surprising job of carrying a character who is wounded by her circumstances and her choices. Rather than remain a cliche, she reinvents herself with guidance from ousted MI6 agent “B” and finds herself needing to take control of her life and the vengeance she seeks her way. The film is beautifully shot and creates a delicious tension that finds the movie-goer on the edge of the theater seat. Wildly entertaining, and smart, without gratuitous violence or sex, “The Rhythm Section” marches to the best of its own drum and is well worth the cost a matinée ticket.

  • rafael-rajh
    rafael rajh

    First Hit: This is Blake Lively’s (as Stephanie Patrick) movie from beginning to end.Blake Lively can act, and here we see how good she can be.The story opens by letting us know that Patrick is a lost soul. She is slowly destroying herself by using heroin and supporting this habit through prostitution. We learn that Stephanie has turned to this life of self-destruction because she lost her entire family in a suspicious plane crash three years earlier. She was supposed to be on that plane.A reporter named Keith Proctor (Raza Jaffrey) comes to the brothel and buys time with Stephanie so that he can speak with her about what he’s working on. Proctor is investigating who are the people who planted the bomb on the plane that killed her parents. Patrick, unsure of Procter’s real intention, dashes out of the room and gets the house bouncer to physically throw Proctor out. She doesn’t want to be reminded of her pain.However, Proctor left his business card, and as Patrick gets ready to hit up with another dose of smack, she decides to bolt out of the brothel ending up at Proctor’s London apartment. The verbal sparring here is wonderfully done because Proctor holds his ground of just wanting to get more information and to give Patrick information about what really happened to the plane. Patrick, on the other hand, is utterly scared about having to face her own demons and re-live the emotional loss of her family.Proctor has a room where there is a photo of each of the plane crash victims along with piles of folders containing information and evidence about what really happened on that plane. It includes information about who ordered the bombing, who made the bomb, and who set it off.Getting the name of the person who built the bomb, Raza (Tawfeek Barhom), Patrick sets out to find him and get payback. But as she confronts Rasa face to face, in a moment of panic she cannot pull the trigger. However, because he’s now been discovered, Raza finds and takes it out on Proctor.With Proctor no longer being able to help, Patrick uses one more bit of information from the files she took from Proctor’s apartment, a location on a map. Traveling to this location in a remote norther area of Scotland, she finds Iain Boyd “B” (Jude Law), a former MI6 agent.She convinces B that she is going to kill the bomb maker and all the people associated with the bombing of the plane and asks him to train her. Skeptical of Stephanie’s abilities, B relents and teaches her how to shoot, fight, and keep fit while also giving her information on where she might find Raza and the unknown mastermind.The thing that is most compelling in this story is how slowly we see Patrick’s incremental change from strung-out addict (pale, thin, haunting eyes, and bruised up) to someone who is not a fighting machine but a healthier person. We see her dive to right the wrong to her family and assuage her underlying guilt for not being on the plane with them.Like an everyday person, Patrick never overwhelms anyone when she’s fighting, she’s authentically fighting for her life. She’s appropriately scared and clearly driven. And this is what makes this story engaging as Stephanie makes her way to find and resolve her family’s death.All the scenes are well shot from the car chase scene to her training with B to the bus explosion. However, it is the time with Marc Serra (Sterling K. Brown), especially their last scene, where we see that Stephanie Patrick has learned what she needs to learn about herself and her abilities. She has freed herself from her past.Lively is absolutely mesmerizing as this character. It is the grittiest role I’ve seen her in, and she nails it. Law is terrific as the elusive former MI6 Agent put to pasture. His direct approach to helping Patrick was excellent. Brown was engagingly cagey and incredible as the former CIA agent who sells information to bad people. Jaffrey was wonderful as the news reporter wanting to get to the truth. Mark Burnell wrote a powerful and pointedly direct script. Reed Morano got the best out of the actors while engagingly directing scenes keeping the audience fully engaged the entire time.Overall: I really liked the way this story came together and the acting, all around, was superb.

  • nicole-graves
    nicole graves

    The movie calls for remembering names so you know what’s going on. Ok so it’s not the most coherent plot. But I don’t get all the bad bad reviews. It stuck with me. Her performance was great. Jude Law for sure was a bust. But, it sustains your interest which is more than I can say about a lot of other movies out there. It was suspenseful enough and worth seeing. You guys need to lighten up a bit. It wasn’t that bad at all

  • inga-hellberg
    inga hellberg

    Better than profanol for quick easy sleep. Terrible acting,continuity,drab dialog. James Bond has nothingto worry about

  • milica-lebar
    milica lebar

    The Rhythm Section isn’t exactly a bad movie. We could have got a great riveting action thriller but instead we got a messy underwhelming movie with sadly very little to offer.It does try to be a great film and thanks to Blake Lively and Jude Law, the film is manages not to crumble. Lively is great, she really does liven up the film. Sadly she has to work with a story which is very weak. Inhibiting her from her true potential.It feels like the film builds up and builds up and suddenly ends in the most underwhelming and quickest way possible.In terms of action, there is very little. The action scenes are filmed decently well. It’s just after seeing action sequences from films in recent years like The Raid, Atomic Blonde and The John Wick trilogy. You can’t help feel disappointed at the action.Overall despite glimpses of potential with it’s style and narrative, the film falls flat. And whilst it isn’t a bad movie to watch, it isn’t exactly a memorable one either.

  • kyllikki-hiltunen
    kyllikki hiltunen

    The film builds really well and had me hooked in but it appeared to just continue to do that. I was left feeling like I was still waiting for it to truly kick into action nothing specifically was wrong with it and as a whole I still enjoyed the majority of it. I can’t help feeling however that it was a little anti-climatic in the end.

  • aiden-van-der-maath
    aiden van der maath

    A very forgettable movie that had no special moments. I was expecting a lot from this film but was sadly disappointed. Story is average at best, weird character development. Extremely disappointed in this film.

  • hubert-fitas
    hubert fitas

    Sometimes the style over substance tactic works against a film, like this year’s The Gentleman for example. But for some reason, I found The Rhythm Section to be well-done, even if the film doesn’t feel as complete nor as captivating as the trailer seemed to indicate. However, I continue to applaud Blake Lively, who has great taste in projects, and always takes on new and challenging roles each time out. Visceral camera work, a few nice twists, and a great lead performance saves The Rhythm Section from being another January bust.6.9/10

  • ashley-gardner
    ashley gardner

    I’ll keep it short: decent movie, story line, and acting all frustratingly ruined by the stupid up close, shaking camera! Not recommended.

  • rosemary-lewis
    rosemary lewis

    Blake Lively and Jude Law did a good job with their acting but there is nothing redeeming about this dull franchise-wannabe. The only thing I learned from this mess is never to watch a film directed by Reed again because, honestly, she has no eye for it. The camera shakes so much that I wanted to throw up within ten minutes. By twenty minutes in, I had a horrendous headache.You want to make an action film? You don’t have to have shaky-shaky handheld shots. You want to create tension? You don’t have to do it with pathetically lit scenes where, even in daylight sequences, you can’t see the expressions of the actors and are squinting to see what is what.Honestly, an hour in, I’d had enough. The story, whilst “okay” didn’t bring anything new to the genre and certainly wasn’t fresh enough to hold my attention. Had the directing been better, and the shots lit better then, I probably would have given this a 6 out of 10. But, as it stands, this is a mess.

  • sebastien-auguste-dupre
    sebastien auguste dupre

    Greetings again from the darkness. Kicking off a successful franchise that can sustain multiple sequels is the dream of most actors, writers, directors, and producers. When it clicks, a movie franchise can be a cash cow for many years. Unfortunately, it’s just not that easy to create characters that viewers will invest in, or story lines that will keep those viewers interested. Author Mark Burnell has already published four books in his Stephanie Patrick series, and director Reed Morano brings the first one to the big screen. By the time the end credits roll, we have little doubt that “franchise” was the goal.An opening scene finds Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively) pointing a gun at the head of a man who is unaware of her presence. A freeze frame shifts us to “8 months earlier.” Stephanie is a mess. She is supporting her heroin addiction through prostitution, all with the objective of numbing her pain. Three years earlier, her family was killed in a plane crash. It’s the kind of tragedy followed by a grief so devastating that Stephanie has basically given up on life.Stephanie is jolted back to life when a journalist informs her that it was a bomb planted by a terrorist that brought down the plane her family was on. Now, Stephanie has a reason to exist … revenge. Clearly some suspension of disbelief is in order here. Actually everything about this story is a stretch from reality or even believability. Quick, name all of the heroin addicts who become world class assassins in 8 months. OK, that’s probably not a fair question since you likely don’t know many heroin addicts, and you hopefully don’t know many assassins. But you get the point.The film plays like a brochure for a travel agent, as the story and Stephanie have stops in Tangier, England, Ireland, Madrid, New York, and Marseilles. Each stop is pretty brief – merely long enough for some killing. Of course most of the stops occur after former MI6 agent Ian Boyd (Jude Law) trains her on the finer points of being a contract killer. The training includes jogging uphill, a frigid lake swim, how to fight in the kitchen, how to get run off the road while driving, and the invaluable advice to shoot your victim twice (but your teacher only once). Oh yes, and she has to impersonate a presumed-dead assassin. Fortunately, Stephanie was top of her class at Oxford, so she is smart enough to make sense of all these things that make no sense to us.And another thing … why do all these people have such perfect and complete files on their targets? Photographs by Glamour Shots, map coordinates to hideouts, and an alphabetical list of known accomplices are all quite helpful when former MI6 and former CIA agents (Sterling K Brown) are trying to get a heroin addict to do their dirty work. Brown’s CIA agent turned ‘information broker’ is the oddest of many odd characters here. He lives in a stunning ultra-modern home and has no qualms about hitting on hot assassins that he knows only by reputation. Thanks to all those marvelously complete files, the only unknown here is the mysterious U17. Well, U17 seems to be mysterious to everyone except those watching the movie.Blake Lively is a talented actress as evidenced by her work in THE TOWN, THE SHALLOWS, and A SIMPLE FAVOR. She is simply miscast here. Despite the “training” her Stephanie received from Ian, we never once believe she is ready to kill all the bad guys. This contributes heavily to the lack of believability presented by the film. It’s a serious story that is ultimately impossible to take seriously as a viewer.There is a difference in believable and stylish, and director Reed Morano certainly serves up style. She is known mostly for her work as a cinematographer, though she did direct the first 3 episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Ms. Morano and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt hit us with some jarring camera work, and the musical inserts are just a tad too cutesy and obvious at their given time: “I’m Sorry”, “It’s Now or Never”, and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” (a cover by Sleigh Bells).Having author Mark Burnell adapt his own novel may have been a mistake, as there are far too many plot holes and ridiculous moments for this to work as any type of thriller. Here are three examples: we never know why Stephanie didn’t get on the flight with her family; it makes little sense that the journalist tracked her down; and is that supposed to be a twist or not? Given the inclusion of Bond producers (and half-siblings) Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson (stepson of Cubby Broccoli), we can safely assume that the vision was to turn Mr. Burnell’s books into a franchise along the lines of James Bond and Jason Bourne – right down to the fight scenes and international settings. This film certainly sets things up for round two, and if that happens, let’s hope more attention is paid to the script … a crucial element if viewers are expected to buy in.

  • carmen-zuniga
    carmen zuniga

    The Rhythm Section, for all intents and purposes is and functions (however poorly) as a revenge genre film. The problem with the movie lies in the fact that in spite of a meager attempt at training our would-be assassin for 8 months, she has the skills of you, the movie goer. Now imagine yourself as an international assassin. That’s about how good she is. So If you think you’d enjoy seeing the beautiful Blake Lively get her ask kicked by 10 people, this is the movie for you. It’s almost like reverse action. I’ve never quite seen anything so one-sided before, and it seriously makes me wonder why it was even made.This is not Peppermint.

  • ryan-gibson
    ryan gibson

    I don’t even know what I just watched. 60% of the movie is closeups of Blake Lively’s face. It’s like the story of the worst assassin ever trying to get to the bottom of a tragedy in the most confusing way possible.

  • swen-binner
    swen binner

    In “The Rhythm Section”, Blake Lively stars as Stephanie, a grief-stricken drug addict who discovers her family’s tragic deaths were not what they seemed. She sets out to find answers and justice. It’s an intriguing if familiar premise, but is it worth watching?The GoodThe film has a small cast but it’s leading lady carries the load easily. Blake Lively continues her upward trajectory after strong turns in “The Shallows” (2016) and “A Simple Favor” (2018). She gives a wounded performance as Stephanie, a woman whose spirit died along with her family; a still-living victim of a tragedy. Everything from her gaze to how she carries herself screams brokenness. I also liked Jude Law as Boyd, an ex MI6 recluse. He’s a hard-ass mentor figure for Stephanie as he attempts to give her skills to survive on her quest for revenge. He’s like Obi-Wan Kenobi if Old Ben was a jerk. He provides a more harsh, stark view of the situation, reality-checking Stephanie again and again.Another aspect of Stephanie I enjoyed was how inefficient she is as an assassin. After she completes her training and heads into the world to seek vengeance she proves to be rather ineffective. I thought she would finish training and immediately turn into a ruthless expert killer, but she proves to not be cut out for it. She lacks the moral numbness and skill to pull it off, which makes her more relatable. There’s also a cool chase scene that’s a continuous shot from within the vehicle. It’s shot well and accompanied by a good score at times. I also appreciated the color pallet of the film, lots of muted, cold colors to reflect the bleak outlook of our protagonist.The BadThe movie has a good first act, setting up an intriguing revenge tale that fizzles out in the second. We never get to know Stephanie, she isn’t given character development. She has a goal that she desperately wants to fulfill but she doesn’t change as a result of achieving that goal. She’s the same character by the end as she was in the beginning, only she’s sober now. When a revenge film like this lacks action and style it must make up for that with character and story, and it fails on both counts. Altogether, it feels like connecting dots that never create a cohesive image.The talented Sterling K Brown is dragged into this to give information and wear glasses. He never feels like a character, he’s more of a plot device. The score is good in a few scenes, but the soundtrack is off. Thirty seconds of a Velvet Underground song here and a Brenda Lee song there for fifteen seconds. It’s like hitting shuffle on a varied playlist at random times. I also wish the filmmaker leaned less on flashbacks. They could have relied on the leading lady to convey the loss she feels rather than reusing the same flashback scene over and over. The script lacks emotional depth and consists mostly of exposition being traded between characters.The VerdictI don’t recommend seeing “The Rhythm Section”. While it has a strong lead performance, the character and her story are never fleshed out, creating a rather empty experience. The film does offer a unique take on the femme fatale genre, but that’s not enough to hold it up. The film is overlong and rather dull. Despite an intriguing start it never goes anywhere, and there’s not much fun along the way to make up for it’s lacking. It unravels into near-incoherence by the end, at which point you won’t really care. You’ll just wish you saw “1917” again. I wouldn’t worry about seeing this one, even on Netflix.